2018: The year in healthy homes

Indoor barbecue
CC BY 2.0 James Vaughan on Flickr/ Indoor barbecues are good for air quality!

Or why you shouldn't barbecue indoors.

I just love that image, people smoking and drinking, the men all wearing ties, and barbecuing indoors. How things have changed, as we learn how dangerous particulate pollution really is, worse than all those other pollutants we have been talking about for years, from VOCs to formaldehyde to radon. More in TreeHugger: Tiny particulates may be the biggest killer in your home.

Piles of peer reviewed research show how bad cooking with gas is for your health

A kiss for a gas cookThe Gas Council/Promo image
We cook with gas at our house; at the time, when we had dirty electricity, it seemed the right thing to do. But now, Shelly L. Miller, environmental engineer and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, recently launched a barrage of tweets linking to research into the effects of gas on indoor air quality; she claims that she "just got annoyed when asked if there was evidence of health effects from gas stoves." Seriously, anyone who reads this will want to rip out their gas range. More in TreeHugger: Piles of peer reviewed research show how bad cooking with gas is for your health

Why you should never eat in bed

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Katherine writes about a different kind of particulate.

Where there is food -- or even just traces of it -- bugs will come. As Paul Bello, a professional pest exterminator, told the Huffington Post a few years ago, cockroaches don't need much food to survive, and it might not be only roaches you tempt with your bedside snacking; different kinds of insects are attracted to different kinds of food. More: Why you should never eat in bed

What's the healthiest insulation?

Cork is healthyCork is the healthiest insulation/ Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0
I was not at all surprised to see cork come out on top of this list of the healthiest insulations; what really surprised me is that fiberglass came in second because I have been dissing it for years. I have to change my tune. More in TreeHugger: What's the healthiest insulation?

New study confirms that modernists were right about sunlight – it is the best disinfectant

Maison Osenfant© Maison Ozenfant/ Le Corbusier
I may have been wrong here too; turns out that all those big windows are good more than just light. And I have been suggesting that we should have smaller windows that frame a view because we can't afford the heat loss. I suppose it is all about finding the right balance. More in TreeHugger: New study confirms that modernists were right about sunlight – it is the best disinfectant

"9 foundations of a healthy building" is a great start

9 foundations9 Foundations/Screen capture

Don't have time to read the entire Well Standard or all of TreeHugger? Here is a good place to start learning about what is important in a healthy building, designed for real estate types with short attention spans. The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building that are concise and easy to use, responding to complaints like “Your research is very interesting, but I can’t take a scientific paper into my meeting on Monday and convince a building owner or manager to do things differently. I need a short summary.” More in TreeHugger: "9 foundations of a healthy building" is a great start

The attached garage has always been a bad idea

front facade KB Homes, Florida/Promo image

45 commenters thought I was an idiot for writing this, but I stand by it: attached garages can be deadly, they certainly don't belong in a healthy house, and they are not easy to make energy efficient. Perhaps they are not such a good idea. More in TreeHugger: The attached garage has always been a bad idea

Personal care products and cleaners are a major source of air pollution

under sinkunder somebody's kitchen sink/via
Would you ever let your child stand behind the tailpipe of an idling vehicle? It's unlikely. But there's a good chance you wouldn't say anything if your kid wandered into a room while you were spritzing yourself with perfume, repainting your nails, varnishing a shelf, or scrubbing a bathtub with a chemical cleaner. For many people, these are common, everyday actions that are not associated with danger. But a new study reveals that personal products are responsible for a great deal more air pollution than we may realize. More in TreeHugger: Personal care products and cleaners are a major source of air pollution

2018: The year in healthy homes
Or why you shouldn't barbecue indoors.

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